Biswas was arrested on charges of cyberbullying.
By Sujeet Rajan
NEW YORK: Krittika Biswas, the daughter of the former Vice Counsel at the Consulate General of India in New York, Debashish Biswas, who was suspended from her high school, arrested and thrown into jail for a day in 2011 on charges of cyberbullying that were proved wrong later, has reached a settlement of $225,000 with New York City.
The settlement agreement was cleared by Manhattan federal Judge John Koetl, and also praised Biswas for being an honor student while at John Bowne High School in Queens, NY, before her reputation was tarnished. Biswas, now 21, who had plans to study in the US, decided after her ordeal to return back to India for her undergraduate studies.
Biswas was accused of sending profane and threatening e-mails to her teachers in February of 2011, charges which were dropped after a male classmate was identified at the real culprit. She had sued the city and sought $1.5 million.
“We have vindicated Krittika’s honor, Indian diplomats’ honor, and India’s honor in the US,” her lawyer, Ravi Batra, said Wednesday.
Batra came down hard on the school principal who had made the egregious error of having Biswas arrested.
“Of course, the ethically compromised and arrogant Principal Howard Kwait upon learning of the unconstitutional charges being dismissed, retaliated by suspending Krittika. During those proceeding we proved Krittika’s innocence – that her Internet Service Provider (ISP) was Time-Warner’s “Roadrunner” while the culprit’s ISP was “Earthlink.” One day later, with our forensic expert’s sworn report, the actually guilty student was identified and he confessed – except he was not arrested or criminally charged – proof of foul discriminatory disparate treatment of Krittika despite her actual innocence” said Batra.
Biswas had in her suit named the City of New York, its Department of Education, John Bowne High School’s principal Howard Kwait, and teacher Jamie Kim-Ross.